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Cat Logistics to lay off 84 in Greenfield

January 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Caterpillar Logistics Inc. plans to permanently lay off 84 employees from a facility in Greenfield, where it handles distribution services for Irwin Industrial Tools.
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Life sciences to drive Purdue's next decade of building

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the past 10 years, Purdue University has built Discovery Park into a thriving research and business incubation center, launching more than 30 companies and hosting dozens more. Now Purdue will spend more than $164 million to construct a Life and Health Sciences Quadrangle next to Discovery Park.
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Q&A

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Chris Sears is a health care and employee-benefits attorney at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. He spoke about how employers are sizing up health insurance reforms that hit in 2014, which would set up government-subsidized insurance as a new option for workers but also would penalize most employers if they stop sponsoring employee health benefits.
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Lilly product gets boost; Wall Street yawns

January 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. probably will get approval for its newly acquired imaging agent used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, but so far analysts are unimpressed.
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WellPoint profit better than analyst estimates

January 26, 2011
Bloomberg News, J.K. Wall
Excluding special charges, WellPoint’s profit fell 2 percent to $524.7 million in the fourth quarter from $536 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. But earnings per share improved thanks to stock buybacks.
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Cummins sells exhaust business to Global Tube

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Cummins Inc. will sell its exhaust business, which includes several plants in Wisconsin, to Global Tube, a portfolio company of the Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners.
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State senator: Should Indiana legalize marijuana?

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Sen. Karen Tallian, D- Portage, is sponsoring a bill that would direct the criminal law and sentencing study committee to examine Indiana's marijuana laws next summer and come up with recommendations.
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Illinois governor responds as states try to poach jobs

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Gov. Pat Quinn has a message for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and officials from other states trying to lure jobs from Illinois: Back off.
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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

January 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that cleared the Indiana House on Tuesday.
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Celadon sees quarterly rise in profit, revenue

January 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based trucking company reported revenue of $133.1 million, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter of 2009. Profit rose to $2.9 million from $1 million.
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Committee explores ways to reduce government

January 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Charging not-for-profits for government services, eliminating certain paper records and trimming how much counties pay to mental-health institutions are among the ways local officials say the cost of government could be reduced.
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Auction of superhero memorabilia nets $70,000

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
The mementos were owned by Fishers collector Dane Nash, who operated the American Super Heroes Museum downtown.
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Ritter’s Frozen Custard franchisees reopening stores

January 25, 2011
Scott Olson
As a new owner revamps the Ritter's business plan, at least four of the frozen custard stands in the area have either opened or are set to reopen in the same locations where they previously operated.
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State’s unemployment rate declines to 9.5 percent

January 25, 2011
The decline marks the third straight month that Indiana's unemployment rate has fallen, but private-sector jobs actually dropped in December.
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Brenwick turns over commercial sales, leasing at Village of West Clay

January 25, 2011
Tom Harton
Ambrose Property Group, a commercial leasing and development company headed by former Duke Realty Corp. broker Aasif Bade, took over for Brenwick, which is primarily a residential developer, at the beginning of the year.
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Head of Lilly's oncology unit resigning

January 25, 2011
John H. Johnson has been hired as CEO by East Brunswick, N.J.-based biotechnology company Savient Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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Remy International considering stock offering, CEO says

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Pendleton-based Remy International Inc., the former General Motors Co. unit that exited bankruptcy in 2007, is considering a public offering of its stock this year, CEO John Weber says.
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State lawmakers to take on unemployment insurance

January 24, 2011
Associated Press
Businesses with a history of laying off employees would pay more in unemployment insurance costs, and workers in industries where layoffs occur regularly would receive lower benefits under a bill Indiana lawmakers are preparing to take up.
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City offers another parks facility for lease

January 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indy Parks & Recreation officials on Monday issued a request for proposals from entities interested in leasing the Riverside Marina facility near 30th Street and White River Parkway.
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Mayor OKs school for students with learning disabilities

January 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
If approved by the City-County Council, the new Damar Charter Academy would open later this fall. It would specialize in students with significant cognitive, behavioral or developmental challenges, including those on the autism spectrum.
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Vanderbilt rejected by high court on Cialis patents

January 24, 2011
Bloomberg News
Supreme Court justices on Monday left intact a ruling throwing out a lawsuit pressed by the Nashville, Tenn., university against Eli Lilly's Icos subsidiary.
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Zionsville retirement village plans $32 million expansion

January 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Zionsville announced plans Monday morning for a $32 million project that will expand its campus and allow the center to add 50 full-time workers.
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Some big bills on back burner in Indiana Legislature

January 23, 2011
Associated Press
Three weeks into Indiana's legislative session, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is touting the hard work being done on major issues. Democratic House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer contends the session is off to a slow start.
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Durham car collection fetches $2.2M

January 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
A 1929 Duesenberg once driven by Elvis Presley garnered the largest price—$1.237 million.
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Unions looking to make Hoosier comebackRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana could be on the front line in the United Auto Workers’ campaign to unionize foreign-owned plants.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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